LEGENDARY trainer Vic Frost was a winner at Maitland, 12 years after his most recent appearance at the track, on Saturday night.
The 76-year-old, who drove winners as a teenager at Maitland, made the seven-hour trip from his Far North Coast home with Back Page News and Fire And Ice to compete in heats of monthly Menangle series.
Back Page News, which was second in Newcastle last August to make a Menangle final, won the C2-C3 heat at Maitland, while Fire And Ice was third in the C0 heat to miss a place in the April 29 finals.
It was Frost’s first time at Maitland since Some Courage was fourth in the 2005 Inter City Pace final and continued his long association with the track. Frost also rode saddled, hoppled horses in races at country shows at Maitland and other tracks, winning his first race at age 12. Frost went on to win multiple training and driving premierships in Sydney and is most famous for his efforts with the great Westburn Grant.
He hoped Back Page News would made the trip south worthwhile in two weeks after finishing 12th last time at Menangle.
“He had a quarter crack and broke a couple of times, which he doesn’t normally do,” Frost said of that run.
“Hopefully he can do a lot better this time.”
Trainer-driver Peter Hedges was the best of the locals, scoring an opening double with I’m Major Harry and I’m Saint Anthony.
Frost, who stayed with Noel and Judy Mexon while in Maitland, said he enjoyed his return.
“The track is very similar to what it always was, and it was very good to me last night,” he said on Sunday after returning home.